This year marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a storm that left an indelible imprint on the Rockaway landscape. From the destruction came a rebirth of place and reformation of community that led to the making of this festival. In honor of this occasion, our program begins and ends with stories set during ocean-town floods, and contains a sequence of films with a deep current of water. We submerge into its vast expanses and scattered light, and invite you to join.
SOLA SELECTS by Oluwanisola Olosunde.
A commissioned moving archive by the photographer, urban planner, and longtime Rockaway resident. Playing all week inside Rockaway Brewing Co.
EMERGENCE by The Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO).
A CGI rendering of a gynandromorphic swallowtail butterfly—which simultaneously exhibits male and female patterning—emerging from its cocoon for the first time. Playing all week in the Arverne Cinema window.
Rockaway Film Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. It is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support provided by FRANC and the Fund for the City of New York.
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